Saturday, April 17

sorrow



Over 20 years ago even before I moved to Sydney I discovered this really amazing shop called Kookaburra Kiosk.  There the even more amazing owner Sally sold a mixture of 2nd hand items and clothing.  I was starting on my op shop frenzy and 50's fad which lasted about 10-15 years.

When I moved up here I found myself a regular customer, as well as at the cafe Dov down the road which also became a regular haunt.

As it happened her sister Tamara was the year ahead of me when I was studying here and we became quite good friends.  I ended up flatting with Tamara for a few years down the track too.

At some point I ended up working at the shop on and off for about 10 years and in the process became fast friends with Sally, her family and all of her friends too.  I have seen her son Mitch grow into an amazing man.

I also lived down the road from Sal for about 12 years in Darlinghurst - her home was a sanctuary in the eclectic neighbourhood that Darlinghurst is/was.

I can't count the times I have sat drinking tea with Sal or bringing cups of coffee to her the shop - and then the other shops that she has owned over the years.  There was always a shoulder and an ear to be had for each other through love, breakups and various other life's twists and turns.

She made you feel like you were so very special and touched so many people with the amazing ability.

For the past 3-4 years Sal has been fighting cancer, the tertiary cancer in her liver is finally what caused her body to just give up last early this morning.  I didn't get to be there but I am so happy she was at home surrounded  by her family and friends.

I just can't believe she isn't there any more.....

12 comments:

Rose Red said...

Sorry to hear this lovey, she sounds like a really special person. Hope you are doing ok, hugs to you xx

Donna (Random Knits) said...

I'm sorry, fee. I'll be thinking of you xx

artificiallymythic said...

*hugs* Thinking of you.

1funkyknitwit said...

Sad news fee but amazing memories :) thinking of you.

sue said...

Hugs to you on losing such a precious friend. May her memories make you smile with happiness that you were so lucky to have such a wonderful person in your life!

drkknits said...

hugs fee xx

travellersyarn said...

A lovely tribute to a friend - I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

LynS said...

It's so hard to lose someone who's been such a meaningful part of your life. Commiserations, Fee.

Kris said...

I'm so sorry, Fee. Lovely story and lovely photo of your friend.

Emily said...

Oh, Fee, I am sorry! I'm sure she would be happy to know what she meant to you (and knowing you, she did!)
You make me (and I'm sure others) wish we'd known her - quite a legacy.

Bells said...

i'm late to this news. A very, very sad loss for you and for her friends and family. That suffering is so great. Hug.xo

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